undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) , -ˈnə-risht \

Definition of undernourished

1 : supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition undernourished infants Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition.— Cynthia Kuhn
2 : poorly supplied with vital elements or qualities undernourished independent libraries

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Other Words from undernourished

undernourishment \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt How to pronounce undernourished (audio) , -​ˈnə-​rish-​ \ noun

Examples of undernourished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While more than half of the undernourished live in Asia, a sharp rise in hunger was recorded in Africa — 292 million people, which is 30% of the malnourished globally. Yonat Friling, Fox News, 13 July 2021 Stuart said Little Hooves’ priority has been to rescue minis that have been injured, or that are undernourished or sick, and nurse them back to health for new families. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2021 Instead, the number of undernourished people increased by 31 percent, adverse environmental impacts appear to be considerable and crop diversity has declined. Bridget Mugambe, Scientific American, 6 July 2021 My body is medically undernourished and chronically stressed, which later will evolve into severe eating disorders, adrenal fatigue and mandatory bedrest. Alyson Stoner, PEOPLE.com, 7 Apr. 2021 After decades of sustained decline, the number of undernourished people has been growing since 2015. Linda Nordling, Scientific American, 25 Nov. 2020 These include the fact that 56% of urban dwellings are in overcrowded slums, 71% of Africa’s workforce is informally employed and cannot work from home and 40% of children on the continent are undernourished. Faizel Ismail, Quartz Africa, 30 May 2020 About 190 million Indians are estimated to be undernourished, including 40% of its children. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, 7 Apr. 2020 Nowadays, according to the UN, just one out of nine people worldwide is undernourished, even though our numbers have more than doubled in the past 50 years. National Geographic, 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of undernourished

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undernourished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undernourished. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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undernourished

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undernourished

: not getting enough food or not getting enough healthy food for good health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \

Kids Definition of undernourished

: given too little food for proper health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \

Medical Definition of undernourished

: supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition undernourished infants Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition.— Cynthia Kuhn

Other Words from undernourished

undernourishment \ -​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt, -​ˈnə-​rish-​ How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \ noun

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